Thursday, August 14, 2008

Some Crap For Your Birthday News

The 3rd and final Super Classico of the season is tonight - I will be at the Sweetwater in St Paul watching all the action!


MLS Scoreboard

Week 21
Matches & Scores:
-Thu Aug 14
Chivas USA v Los Angeles - 10pm on ESPN2
Venue: Home Depot Center, Carson CA
Match preview by Andrea Canales at Soccernet.
Match preview by Phil Collin of the LA Daily News.
Match preview from The Sports Network.
-Sat Aug 16
Columbus v Dallas - 6:30pm on FSC
Venue: Crew Stadium, Columbus OH
Chicago v DC - 7:30pm on Direct Kick
Venue: Toyota Park, Bridgeview IL
Houston v Salt Lake - 7:30pm on Direct Kick
Venue: Robertson Stadium, Houston TX
Colorado v Kansas City - 8:30pm on Direct Kick
Venue: Dick's Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City CO
San Jose v New England - 9pm on Direct Kick & HDNet
Venue: Buck Shaw Stadium, Santa Clara CA
-Sun Aug 17
New York v Toronto - 4pm on Direct Kick
Venue: Giants Stadium, Easter Rutherford NJ
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League Standings
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MLS News

CHICAGO FIRE

Cuauhtemoc Blanco has been included in the Mexican roster for next weeks home World Cup Qualifier against Honduras. See the full roster in the Mexico section below.
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COLORADO RAPIDS

Brian Forbes of the Denver Post reports that coach Fernando Clavijo has gone to his native Uruguay for a family medical emergency. We will have a good thought for him and his family.
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KANSAS CITY WIZARDS

Bob Luder of the Star reports that midfielder Kerry Zavagnin will retire at the end of this season.
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LOS ANGELES GALAXY

Grahame Jones of the LA Times looks at who the Galaxy may hire as their new head coach.
-Jones's list of candidates: Peter Nowak, Paul Mariner, Dominic Kinnear, John Spencer and Sigi Schmid. Personally I can't imagine Mariner and Spencer being real contenders.
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Jones also talks to long time Galaxy midfielder Pete Vagenas about the wheels falling off the company truck.
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REAL SALT LAKE

The Deseret News confirms that everyone's favorite beer drinker is back in MLS and with RSL - yes it's Clint Mathis. Still don't know why this deal was done, but it has been. Enjoy. Hey, when the moons align, I love the guy. When they don't, who knows what it is that happens with him.
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The Salt Lake Tribune with a profile on talented attacking midfielder Javier Morales.
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MLS Rumor City - Don't Tease Me Bro!

Ives Galarcep of Soccer By Ives reports that LA is still seriously trying to unload forward Carlos Ruiz, and will need to do so in order to add Eddie Lewis to their team.
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USL First Division Scoreboard

Matches & Scores:
-Wed Aug 13
Montreal 1-0 Rochester
-Fri Aug 15
Carolina v Miami - 7pm central on Fox Soccer Channel
Seattle v Puerto Rico
-Sat Aug 16
Rochester v Minnesota
Atlanta v Charleston
Portland v Montreal
-Sun Aug 17
Vancouver v Puerto Rico
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USL First Division Standings

Standings (games played) (goal difference):
37 Puerto Rico (21) (GD +13)
37 Vancouver (21) (GD +2)
35 Charleston (22)
32 Seattle (23)
31 Atlanta (21)
29 Rochester (23)
27 Minnesota (22)
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25 Montreal (20) (GD 0)
25 Portland (23) (GD -5)
24 Miami (22)
21 Carolina (22)
(The top 7 teams advance to the playoffs.)
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And those playoffs will work like this (thanks to Jesse for sorting me out):
The top regular season teams gets a bye in the First Round.
-Then we have home and away:
#2 v #7
#3 v #6
#4 v #5
-Home and away again for the Semifinals, which pair #1 v lowest remaining, and second highest v second lowest in the other bracket.
-And the Final is a one off with the highest seed playing at home.
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USA U20 News

2 Friendlies this week in Sunrise FL
Matches & Scores:
-Tue Aug 12
USA 0-1 Guatemala - Guat goal by Dario Gomez.
-Thu Aug 14
USA v Guatemala
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Americans In Europe

TRANSFER RUMORS

Ives Galarcep of Soccer By Ives reports that Benny Feilhaber has had discussions with MLS and New England.
-But Greg Seltzer of No Short Corners reports that a deal between Feilhaber and Aarhus in Denmark is nearly done, and Feilhaber is there right now.
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Two more big rumors from Seltzer at Soccer 365:
-Heath Pearce is most likely leaving Hansa Rostock.
-Four teams are battling to sign Oguchi Onyewu from Liege.
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RECENT MATCHES

Champions League Third Qualifying Round - 1st Leg
-Oguchi Onyewu - Standard Liege - was suspended for this game as his team drew 0-0 at Liverpool. The 2nd leg is Aug 27.
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English Carling Cup 1st Round
-Bobby Convey - Reading - went the distance as they won at Dagenham & Redbridge 1-2.
-Jay DeMerit - Watford - not in the match day squad that won at home 1-0 over Bristol Rovers.
-Zak Whitbread - Millwall - played the whole match but lost 0-1 at home against Northampton.
-Jemal Johnson - Milton Keynes Dons - started and played 73 minutes as they won 1-0 at home over Norwich.
-Marcus Hahnemann - Reading - played the full 90 minutes and won at Dagenham & Redbridge 1-2.
-Frank Simek - Sheffield Wednesday - out injured as the team drew 2-2 at home against Rotherham but lost out 5-3 on Penalty Kicks.
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UEFA Cup Second Qualifying Round 1st Leg - Thu Aug 14
-Brian Arguez - Hertha Berlin - at NK Ljubljana of Slovenia
-Vincezno Bernardo - Napoli - at Vllaznia of Albania
-Carlos Bocanegra - Rennes - at Stabaek of Norway
-Dan Califf - Midtjylland - at Manchester City of England
-Mikkel Diskerud - Stabaek - v Rennes of France
-Brad Friedel - Aston Villa - at Hafnarfjordur of Iceland
-Ryan Guy - St Patricks Athletic - at Elfsborg of Sweden
-Brad Guzan - Aston Villa - at Hafnarfjordur of Iceland
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SEASON OPENING MATCHES:

English Premiership
-Clint Dempsey - Fulham - Sat Aug 16 at Hull
-Brad Friedel - Aston Villa - Sat Aug 16 v Manchester City
-Brad Guzan - Aston Villa - Sat Aug 16 v Manchester City
-Tim Howard - Everton - Sat Aug 16 v Blackburn
-Eddie Johnson - Fulham - Sat Aug 16 at Hull
-Kasey Keller - Fulham - Sat Aug 16 at Hull
-Eric Lichaj - Aston Villa - Sat Aug 16 v Manchester City
-Jonathan Spector - West Ham - Sat Aug 16 v Wigan
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German 1 Bundesliga
-Bryan Arguez - Hertha Berlin - Sat Aug 16 at Eintracht Frankfurt
-Steve Cherundolo - Hannover - Sat Aug 16 at Schalke
-Matt Dallman - Armenia Bielefeld - Sat Aug 16 v Werder Bremen
-Kamani Hill - Wolfsburg - Sat Aug 16 v Koln
-Neven Subotic - Borussia Dortmund - Sat Aug 16 at Bayer Leverkusen
-Sal Zizzo - Hannover - Sat Aug 16 at Schalke
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German 2 Bundesliga
-Gregg Berhalter - 1860 Munich - Sun Aug 17 at Freiburg
-Grover Gibson - Rot Weiss Ahlen - Sun Aug 17 v Frankfurt
-Joshua Grenier - Koblenz - Sun Aug 17 v Rot Weiss Oberhausen
-Heath Pearce - Hansa Rostock - Sun Aug 17 at Duisburg
-Matt Taylor - Koblenz - Sun Aug 17 v Rot Weiss Oberhausen
-David Yelldell - Koblenz - Sun Aug 17 v Rot Weiss Oberhausen
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German Regionalliga Nord, Sud & West
-Kenny Bertz - Elversberg (West) - Sat Aug 16 v Monchengladbach II
-Ellis McLoughlin - Hertha Berlin II (Nord) - Fri Aug 15 v Wolfsburg II
-Tim Merritt - Oggersheim (West) - Sat Aug 16 v Kleve
-Alfredo Morales - Hertha Berlin II (Nord) - Fri Aug 15 v Wolfsburg II
-Preston Zimmerman - Hamburger II (Nord) - Fri Aug 15 v Wolfsburg II
-Steve Purdy - 1860 Munich II (Sud) - Fri Aug 15 at Waldhof Mannheim
-Luis Robles - Kaiserslautern II (West) - Fri Aug 15 v Wormatia 08 Worms (And what a name that is!)
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Belgian Jupiler League
-Oguchi Onyewu - Standard - Sat Aug 16 at Dender
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CONCACAF Champions League News

The Preliminary round begins on Tue Aug 26!
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Mexico & FMF News

Mexican roster for World Cup qualifier on Aug 20 at home against Honduras:
G:
Jesus Corona - Tecos UAG
Guillermo Ochoa - America
Oswaldo Sanchez - Santos Laguna
D:
Rafael Marquez - Barcelona
Jonny Magallon - Guadalajara
Ricardo Osorio - Stuttgart
Carlos Salcido - PSV Eindhoven
Francisco Rodriguez - PSV Eindhoven
Aaron Galindo - Eintracht Frankfurt
Fausto Pinto - Pachuca
Edgar Castillo - Santos Laguna
M:
Gerardo Torrado - Cruz Azul
Pavel Pardo - Stuttgart
Luis Perez - Monterrey
Fernando Arce - Santos Laguna
Andres Guardado - Deportivo la Coruna
Leandro Augusto - Pumas UNAM
Francisco Torres - Santos Laguna
F:
Guillermo Franco - Villarreal
Omar Bravo - Deportivo la Coruna
Carlos Vela - Arsenal
Cuauhtemoc Blanco - Chicago Fire
Carlos Ochoa - Monterrey
Matias Vuoso - Santos Laguna
Giovani dos Santos - Tottenham
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Olympic Soccer News

FIFA.com has a Q & A with Brazilian playmaker Diego.
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FIFA's Olympic News Site
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Olympic Soccer Scoreboard

Men's Quarterfinal Matches & Scores:
-Sat Aug 16
1 Nigeria v Cote d'Ivoire
2 Italy v Belgium
3 Argentina v Netherlands
4 Brazil v Cameroon
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Advancing are 3 teams from Africa, 3 from Europe and 2 from South America.
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Men's Semifinal Matches & Scores:
-Tue Aug 19
1 winner v 2 winner
3 winner v 4 winner
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Women's Quarterfinal Matches & Scores:
-Fri Aug 15
1 Brazil v Norway
2 Sweden v Germany
3 China v Japan
4 USA v Canada
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Advancing are 3 from Europe, 2 from North America, 2 from Asia and 1 from South America.
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Women's Semifinal Matches & Scores:
-Mon Aug 18
1 winner v 2 winner
3 winner v 4 winner
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England News

The Guardian reports that Fiorentina forward Adrian Mutu has been ordered to pay a staggering 14 Million Pounds to Chelsea stemming from a positive drug charge in 2004 that led to him being suspended for 1 year and having his contract voided. Wow.
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The Guardian with their Premiership team-by-team season previews:
-Arsenal
-Aston Villa
-Blackburn
-Bolton
-Chelsea
-Everton
-Fulham
-Hull City
-Liverpool
-Manchester City
-Manchester United
-Middlesbrough
-Newcastle
-Portsmouth
-Stoke city
-Sunderland
NEW-Tottenham
NEW-West Brom
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Kevin McCarra of the Guardian looks at England's shortage of strikers as Fabio Capello get's closer to his first World Cup qualifier (Sep 6 at Andorra).
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European News

GERMANY

FIFA.com with an article on Schalke who most people feel are the team most likely to challenge Bayern Munich for the title this season.
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Big Euro Club Matches This Weekend

Matches & Scores:
-Fri Aug 15
Bayern Munich v Hamburg
-Sun Aug 17
Amkar Perm v Spartak Moscow
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UEFA Champions League

Third Qualifying Round - 2nd leg matches on Aug 26/27.
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UEFA Cup

Second Qualifying Round - 1st leg matches Aug 14. 2nd leg matches on Aug 28. Here are the matches.
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Several American's in action today. See Americans In Europe section above for details.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Demko said...

so grahame jones "reports" that Bruce Arena's "name has not even been mentioned in AEG's corridors of power."

And then we turn on the game and see Tim Leiweke practically felating Arena on national TV. Who are this joker's sources in AEG's corridors of power? The termites?

5:13 PM  
Blogger brucio said...

well demko, you do have to take into consideration that grahame jones is english.

4:20 PM  

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